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Mark B. Ross

Mark B. Ross, 58, beloved husband of Joy E. (Preston) Ross of Essex, died Saturday April 1, 2017 at his home surrounded with the love of his family following his battle with cancer.

Born and raised in Salem, he was the son of Russell and the late Natalie (Abraham) Ross and brother to Michael “Mickey” and the late Russell “Rusty” Ross, Jr.

Mark found his soul mate at the age of sixteen and fell in love. He adopted not only Joy’s family but also her friends and love for her hometown of Essex. He spent many years working at the GE, Duncan Tree and Hiltz of Gloucester. His most adored job was as a clammer on the Essex River, which was a favorite place of his. This allowed Mark to not only make a living, but to gift claims to all of his friends and family which was a great joy to him.

Mark was an avid ocean and boat lover, fisherman, card player, history buff, and of course a treasure hunter. He could often be found with his metal detector in hand –especially after a storm. His proudest find was of extremely rare pine tree/oak shillings. If he wasn’t spending time with his family, helping friends, working in the yard with Joy and his children, or watching black and white Western movies, Mark would be planning his next adventure to gold pan or to trek to his favorite spot at Pierce Pond in Maine. Many summers he would make the long journey to primitive camp at Pierce Pond with his closest friends and family members, men only of course.

Marks life was cut too short and he will be missed by many. He touched many lives and brought laughter to almost any event.  Solace can be found in that he is at peace and will be reunited with his brother Rusty and his dearest Grammy (Frances Preston). 

Mark leaves two sons, Michael and his wife Katie (Crosby) Ross of Topsfield, and Paul and his wife  Noelle (Borchin) Ross of Essex, and  four  grandchildren, Bethany, Jared, Casey and Jack who were all the light of his life. Mark was also a father figure to many, devoted friend, and someone who was always ready to lend a hand, advice or just an ear to listen. His many nieces, nephews, siblings in laws, coworkers and friends will feel this loss of a wonderful man.

Visiting hours will be Thursday April 6 from 4 to 7 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Interment will be private.

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